You Decide: Did Sarah Palin Give A Speech Drunk?


Sarah Palin gave a speech at the Western Conservative Summit last weekend. She only ever speaks to friendly audiences, and the assembled conservatives seemed to enjoy her as usual. But Palin’s normal word-salads and malapropisms were even worse than usual because they were so slurred — as if she had imbibed a few drinks before getting up to speak. Watch the video for yourself: is this her usual rambling nonsense, or was Palin actually drunk up there behind the podium? Share your opinion with our nifty new poll widget!

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  • Nomad

    Nobody can be more unfunny than Sarah Palin.

    • Eric Bacon

      Nothing is more frightening than the thought of her ascending to power.

  • Brandt Hardin

    Since she quit her post in Alaska Palin hasn’t run for public office but still plays the part of politician who calls her constituents “fans.” What exactly does she do other than essentially proposition her self and image to the highest bidder? Sounds like Sarah is America’s highest paid escort! See how down and dirty she’ll get for the money at

    • Leila Kaplan


    • ryndalia

      It seems she drinks a lot.. Hmmm & does a lot of speaking, where she’s paid, that poor forgotten woman. She parties as well, but does it as a family, which must be good…

  • nkiflemar

    She is a pathetic hypocrite! She says Obama is in politics for the money??? hahahaha

    • Leila Kaplan

      She sure is in it for the money. That’s why she quit being Gov. She’s def drunk here. Who is she ??? Nothing and another

    • Big0725

      Actually, she got OUT of politics for the money.

  • nkiflemar

    Sister Sarah, you should follow your commandments and stop lying!

  • InDaTruth

    What on earth is she babbling about? Is this her attempt at a poem? Didn’t SHE have a “kill list”?

    • Paul in Buffalo

      That’s the kind of soup she swims in. No surprise she’d use such a reference.

  • Gaither Pope

    To take part in the poll, I’d have to listen to the speech. I can’t.

  • Gloverboy6

    She’s either drunk or just can’t remember what she was supposed to say

  • Conde_BK

    That’s not drinks. That’s straight up Oxy.

    • Mary Putman

      yup I think so too

  • Happiness Is A Choice

    She could have been one bullet away from the presidency… Selecting her as a running mate was the death rattle for the McCain presidential bid.

    • Paul in Buffalo

      Your not the first to sat so. It really caught the attention of the “undecideds” who had a collective WTF moment.

  • Marly Duran

    Did she call Colorado a ‘border state’? And I can’t believe she even mentioned veterans, being republican and that’s the party that sent our troops in and the party that votes against veteran benefits every chance they get.

    • Kathy

      She’s not drunk, she is just sick and tired of the way our government is getting away with murder, and by passing the constitution for personal gain, letting America sink deeper and deeper into hell, making millions of people dependent on the government, I mean does anyone really see what is happening to our country? She is one of a few I still trust and respect, God Bless her! No she isn’t drunk, she’s outraged!

      • Carol Ann Hunigan Booher

        She is drunk and the rest of us are tired of her and the teathugs you support destroying this nation for the rich.. she is one of those rich who is working for the Kochroach brothers…She is a drunk and just this weekend she got into a drunken brawl.. she is an idiot and a drunk

        • brian bark

          Show me where she’s LYING. I didn’t hear a single one. Listen to the speech, listen to the content. YOU are an idiot in denial. FACT: we don’t seem to have money for vets, but support illegals????

          • debora

            Drunk or not, she speaks the truth!

          • Paul in Buffalo

            She was about three minutes in before she remembered there’s a difference between having something to say and having to say something. The under staffing of the VA is quite a valid point. Most of what preceded it was failed jokes and spitting venomous gossip. Tea pots get intoxicated on that kind of toxic brew.

            What she neglects to say is how her party refused to increase the VA’s budget but always complains about the problem when a Democrat is in power. As a veteran (and not even a Democrat) I find her and their hypocrisy as predictable as it is detestable.

            BTW unaligned voters like myself are who either party needs to win. I just thought you’d like a reminder. It’s not that I’m impressed with Democrats, it’s that Republicans are vile.

          • karen

            40% plus of our veterans are claiming to be “totally disabled”, mostly suffering from PTSD. Compare that with the rate from the greatest generation. What a bunch of pussies.

          • garrybry

            Those of the “Greatest Generation” had a long time with many of their fellow troops to decompress on the weeks long journey back to society. Today we just airlift them to a city and let them go with no time to readjust to not being a warrior. Totally different times, learn history . . . there was “shell shock” r “combat fatigue” and impacted 25% of our troops. Just because it was untreated or not diagnosed does not mean it wasn’t real . . .

          • karen

            I don’t need to “learn” history–I grew up with a father who was a Pearl Harbor survivor, Midway the whole deal. What he saw as a Navy corpsman, I would not wish on anyone. He suffered for it–years of depression and alcoholism. But as he and all of his cronies would constantly say, “We just did what we had to do and glad we were able to do it for our country.” He went on to work and live his life without sucking full time on the government teat!

          • garrybry

            Sounds exactly like my father, Pearl Harbor, Midway, had two ships sunk from under him, The USS Quincy and the USS Indianapolis, also served in Korea. Retired from Mare Island Naval shipyard in the late 70’s. I heard a few tales as well. So you put up with him suffering from depression and alcoholism as well? Shame they didn’t recognize it as treatable and he could have lived his life in a more healthy manner. Shame you think our veterans shouldn’t be compensated for their misuse. WWII was so popular they had to turn people away, BUSH hoodwinked National Guard volunteers into serving two or more tours of duty in a war no one believed we needed to be in, for eleven years. Apples and oranges. Suppose your father turned down his pension and medical for life, correct? No “sucking full time on the government teat!” for those brave men.

          • karen

            Sounds like we are on the same page, somewhat. I am in awe of the Greatest Generation. My father went out in the private sector and earned his pension and medical and did not expect the government to provide it, even though he was a hero. What is really ironic, if you study the stats, is that those brave men in our current war who have been horribly wounded are rehabilitating at a greater rate than those claiming PTSD. PTSD for life? Give me a break!

          • garrybry

            Perhaps, my father was career Navy, joined in 1922, lied about his age, thought there would never be another world war, until we was shooting 50 cal at Japanese Zeros. Lost two of every three friends he knew in SAVO ISLAND when the QUINCY was sunk. But he was different “hero” he personally got the US Congress to investigate the failed command that led to the sinking. Took him years, but a book was dedicated to him, VERNON BRYAN. He was not listed on the survivors list of the USS INDIANAPOLIS due to the fact he stowed away to get back to the Pacific theater. Bad choice. If you look on the list there were 315 survivors, they had 314 names. He took what was due him, but was shattered by the short war. At the time the journey in the ship allowed him and many GI’s and Marine time to weep, rage and resolve the horrors of war. Still not enough.

          • garrybry

            We should discuss our experiences. You are right that we have a lot in common.

          • karen

            Yes, I grew up not giving my father the attention he deserved when he wanted to discuss Pearl Harbor and the war. (Greatest regret of my life.) The day he died in 2005, something came over me, and I realized that it became my duty to learn the stories and keep the faith. I am now a fanatic about the war in the Pacific, kind of odd for a girl, but I just can’t learn enough about it. I even have debates with myself as to who my favorite admiral was–torn between Spruance and Ziggy Sprague. I keep his Pearl Survivors jacket on my wall and am about to join Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors. “Fair winds and following seas” to you.

          • garrybry

            Here is more about what he sought to have investigated for so long:
            He didn’t like this official conclusion as he thought it criminal that an Australian Commander controlled the fleet at the time.


            The USS QUINCY got off the most rounds of any ship before sinking.
            His stories of the USS Indianapolis were horrid. The hardest thing, after they had to tread water in circles due to the kapok vest becoming saturated, was having to let go of a buddy because a shark grabbed him. He did find a water cask that he hung to for over a day and had kept in our garage for as long as I recall. Never heard why until after he died in the late 80’s. He never shared his ocean life with me but I am now a sailor in the Caribbean . . . funny. Best wishes.

          • kim

            keep on drinkin’ brian!!

      • Carol Ann Hunigan Booher

        if she is so tried why dont she ride off into the sunset and get out of politics. She has stolen enough money to live comfortably from now on.. She has had her 15 minutes of fame and needs to keep her stupid self out of politics. She is making America look bad. She is a drunken fool and so is anyone who supports her

        • Richard Crooks

          I would like to know who is stupid enough to support this broad, or maybe she works street corners, when she is not running her crap.

      • erin805

        “…passing the Constitution for personal gain”??? That doesn’t even make sense. BTW: Our US Constitution already “passed” a l o n g time ago. Palin is always outraged; this time she is drunk and outraged.

        • Sixth Nephi

          If you think this is Sarah drunk, you have no experience with drunks. erin805, Kathy meant to type “bypassing” as you mistyped “a l o n g”. Mr. Obama has been bypassing the constitution by bypassing congress with his cell phone and pen.

          • erin805

            I spelled a l o n g time ago out for emphasis. All presidents sign executive orders (especially if they have a “do nothing” Congress). FDR: 3,522 executive orders, Eisenhower: 484, Nixon 346, Clinton 364, Reagan 381, Obama 147 (so far).
            We have all been around people under the influence of alcohol or some other substance; if Sarah isn’t, she is still incoherent and slurring her words, unable to focus, etc. Any traffic officer would give her a sobriety test.

      • Rick

        I feel sorry for you. Kathy

      • Mary Putman

        Nope not drunk but definitely impaired I would guess some sort of downer. Oxy is a huge Alaskan problem.

      • Carl Johnson

        You are pathetic. She says anything for money and attention. She is
        an absolute disgrace to this country and to humans in general.

      • tso62

        Kathy…you have drunk the Kool Aid…and I feel sorry for you

      • carterfan

        Nobody but TeaTard’s like you Kathy have any respect for her….she’s dumber than a box of rocks…..what is she babbbbbling about….fingernails on a chalk board are more pleasing to the ear.

      • Harold Nason


      • kim

        wow. so sad for you and the minions that follow this wack a

      • Dean

        You are delusional! Are you f…ing kidding?

        • Dean

          I’m not a fan and I’m not gonna rip her here amongst random people I don’t know but I stumbled across this post and I’ve been around plenty of intoxicated individuals in my life and she is clearly there during this speech.

  • Aaron Gallagher

    maybe not drunk but always out of her league.

  • John Pirrone

    OH my GOD! She needs medication!

  • Carol Ann Hunigan Booher

    Skunk stinking drunk!!!

  • Patricia Houghtalen

    She is a totally idiot.

    • Sixth Nephi

      She is a “totally idiot.” And you should know.

      • Patricia Houghtalen

        You are right in this case, I do not usually make this type of mistake, so here is the real version. She is a totally idiot woman who should return to the deep freeze in Alaska and stay there. Thanks for the correction Sixth Nephi , good to see some people do read with eyes wide open even though I am sure we do not see things in the same way.

        • Fabfio Borges

          Heh 6th Nephi are you doing her or u as drunk as SP is?

      • brian bark

        The total idiots are you fools for not absorbing the content of what she said.. ALL TRUE.

  • Debbie Kiesel-Ryan

    She’s a prostitute for the tea party. What do they pay her for, nothing intelligent come out of her mouth. She is the pot calling the kettle black. Just what does she do??????

  • Mark

    Did I hear her call Colorado a border state? Really??

    • ellenest

      Maybe she moved the border to the north end of New Mexico when we weren’t looking.

  • Kim Dunn

    It’s hard to tell. Abject stupidity can mask the symptoms of intoxication.

  • Sevidica Gomez

    Your poll needs another choice: I couldn’t stand to watch enough of it to decide.

  • Pete

    Do people really pay to hear her speak (or rather slur words and thoughts together in a mindless, almost incoherent stream)? If so they ought to be demanding their money back

  • ellenest

    Maybe the real Sarah got locked in a closet and they snuck Tina Fey in to do a skit? I can’t tell them apart when Tina is in Sarah mode. If this were the real Sarah wouldn’t some of her handlers helped her offstage?

  • brian bark

    Well, about 3 min in. Whether she’s drunk or no, she brought up the fact the obama WOULDN’T take time out to visit the border while in TX FUNDRAISING and how we don’t have resources for out veterans but seem to have plenty for whatever illegal trash breaks our laws and crosses our border. I think I can support such thoughts.

  • JQ240

    And to think these were the people you wanted to put into office?

    • brian bark

      You mean someone that thinks we should take care of our vets and not reward illegals for breaking our laws. YES!

      • JQ240

        Illegals have nothing to do with her obvious inability to lead. That’s why she lost. The public is not that stupid. It’s the employers and other enticements that lure, a relatively insignificant amount of people, that actually contribute more than they take out. If your GOP boys were so astute, and actually into needed problem solving, then why didn’t they do it when GW Bush was around? They had eight years, but zilch. They started two unnecessary wars that Cheney and his Haliburton boys profited from. Get your facts straight. There’s a reason why you lose.

        • brian bark

          I am not a fan of Bush or the rinos. Tell me our vets are cared for and we aren’t increasing the perks and support of illegal aliens. Tell me illegal aliens don’t break our laws when they come here. Get YOUR facts straight.

          • JQ240

            Typical, you have you head in the sand. You’re like the dog that barks at rock, instead of at the person that threw it and hit you. Again now, read slowly, for what little reading comprehension you apparently have. “Enticement.” Now, address the issue of illegal immigration, without having to attack a group of people, who if it were in reverse, you’d be doing the same thing, and coming to get those very jobs that people like you refuse to do. Now, once your little brain, absorbs that-I’m not too confident-think of the power structure, as in big agribusiness? If i’m wrong, substantiate your argument and quit barking!

  • Jack4ral

    God gave no Freedoms, the U.S. Constitution did, by We the People, the People’s Government.

  • Mike Vaughan

    Nobody’s bettered themselves thru politics than Palin. And remind me what branch of the service was she in?

  • katherine norton malek

    Does she forget it wasn’t Pres. Obama who sent those soldiers off to war .. it was Bush & Cheney. Pres. Obama has been bringing them home & tied up us the loose end Osama Bin Laden. She’s such a crackpot. I don’t think she’s drunk. I think she’s just naturally high on having a mic & being in the spotlight on a stage.

  • joanxis

    She certainly sounds as if she has had a few but what disturbs me the most is her blatant (sp) spreading of such obvious lies.

  • starlitephi

    This woman has NO SHAME!!! Those who listen to her must have a very, very, very LOW IQ… It is the only logical explanation…

  • Bob Zane

    you can actually feel her pain.

  • John S

    I honestly couldn’t get through the whole thing she rambles so fucking much. Like finish a goddamn sentence without it sounding like you don’t remember if you were making a statement or asking a question.

  • Mister_Mean

    I guess the old adage about rather having a bottle in front of her than a frontal lobotomy would fit either way.

  • tso62

    How ANYONE can listen to this non coherent jibberish is beyond me. This person is NUTS!

  • Renee Ramirez

    She’s clearly enjoying her pills. Maybe washed them down with some whiskey. There’s nothing more unattractive than hubris.

    • Palin_Moron

      Question: What’s the difference between Sarah Palin’s mouth and her vagina?
      Answer: Only one retarded thing came out of her vagina

  • carterfan

    She’s the inappropriate drunk Aunt at the Christmas party….your kid says what’s wrong with Auntie Lame…….Benghazi out.

  • Cheryl Lopez

    you like Saturday Night? Right?
    You ignorant drunk slut!

  • Margie McGervey Harbaugh

    Probably high, after she breathed all the Marijuana air in CO! haha

  • Minerva

    Every time I see her I realize how our school system is failing us.

  • Griff

    I love how Sarah blames GOP budget cuts at the VA on Obama, not to mention the war Bush dragged us into. I’m no fan of Obama, but watching idiots like Sarah try to transfer blame on a short-attention-span public makes me laugh.

  • Duck Holland

    applause–barometer of dodo americans

  • jetames

    At first I thought she was drunk. Now I think her issue is pathological. This woman could have a brain tumor.

  • Liz

    She’s a drunk, a criminal, a calculating liar…and she makes my skin crawl.

  • sutraquio

    What is Sarah’s point in this rambling speech? Is there one !

  • Yvonne Gillen Young

    I really don’t know why I am listening to this. This woman is ignorant, speaking in tongues and so very jealous of our dear President. She’s stupid beyond a shadow of a doubt. Wonder why Sarah doesn’t get one of those rightie talk radio shows like Limbaugh. Guess they can see she is drunk, high, plastered, and just plain stupid.

  • donschneider

    Alzheimers is no laughing matter ! It is obvious . She deserves her privacy and any as swipe who covers her or gives her a forum should be ashamed of themselves !

  • Mark R. DeMist

    She is hilarious. Please keep posting her. She makes my day with her cute ramblings.

  • Scott

    That couldn’t possibly have been a past VP candidate of the U.S.A., that must have been Tina Fey right, right, please tell me that was Tina Fey.

  • Melanie

    She is so disinhibited- it doesn’t seem like alcohol to me. I think she is high!

  • Dean

    Wow! What a hypocrite! She’s bashing the oval office but please correct me if I’m wrong. Didn’t she run for the Vice Presidency?